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- I just can’t see that there’s a larger pattern than what I see.
- I want answers, but I am afraid of them.
- I want to know the will of the Divine and live by it, but I am afraid it might require me to make changes.
Unity erases the illusion of distinction. The masculine and the feminine are one. The physical and the spiritual are one. All opposites are conjoined. There is no difference between you and not-you.
This is the symbol of the tao — two opposites joined as one, each with their antithesis embedded in its deepest part. And because all is one, space ceases to exist. And without space there is no time. We came from Unity and we are working our way through the illusion of duality back to Unity via awareness and consciousness.
The Crown Chakra is your connection to Source. It is where we fully merge our physical and spiritual selves and see through the illusions of time and space, seeing ourselves as the timeless beings we truly are. This moment-to-moment realization enables us to live and love in the only time that really exists — the present moment.
Emotional, mental and physical symptoms associated with imbalance:
The color is violet. I have always been drawn to purple. Royal, gorgeous, purple (hence the color palette of this blog).
The seed sound is silent. The Crown Chakra has no sound.
The verb is “to know.”
The associated endocrine gland is the pineal.
The Crown Chakra has to do with being. Pure being.
Christian Sacrament: Extreme Unction. To receive the grace to finish your business in the present moment.
Healing thought: Live in the present moment.
Ethel said something about the importance of loving your body just the way it is, of living “in” your body. She says that when you’re dwelling on hurts and injustices, you are living in your emotional body — in a past that can’t be changed. And when you are planning for events and contingencies yet to come, you are living in your mental body — in a future which exists only in theory. It is only when you occupy your physical body, along with the awareness of occupying your body, that you are in the present. This is why focusing on the breath can be so helpful in bringing your consciousness into your body and into the moment. That’s where all the answers are.
Seven years ago, I sat with my Grandpa for awhile after he died. I had never been with a newly dead body before, and my grandpa seemed not-so-different than he had moments before. A prime difference, I concluded, between a live body and a dead one is breath and flow (duh). The breath — reSPIRation — is the process by which we continually join our physical and SPIRitual selves. Breathing — the act we do 10 (or so) times a minute, every minute of the day — is an exercise of our Crown Chakra. Why not do it mindfully once in awhile?
This post researched, in part, from Anatomy of the Spirit , by Caroline Myss, PhD.
The paintings for this series were created by Lisa Brown-Olsen. Her work is featured at Green Mountain Yoga. Check out GMY’s online store, where you can also find chakra balancing jewelry by Mindy Arbuckle, owner of Green Mountain Yoga.